• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 28

    Marchand Fils, Bouvier & Volta. A fine 18K pink gold, enamel and paste-set openface verge watch, one silver and gold openface verge watch with concealed erotic scene and one silver, pink gold, enamel and pearl-set hunter case minute repeating chronograph keyless lever watch, made for the Chinese market

    SIGNED MARCHAND FILS, PARIS, NO. 611, CIRCA 1790, JQS BOUVIER, NO. 7641, CIRCA 1820, AND VOLTA, CASE NO. 26'123, MOVEMENT NO. 15'833, CIRCA 1905

    Price Realised  

    Marchand Fils, Bouvier & Volta. A fine 18K pink gold, enamel and paste-set openface verge watch, one silver and gold openface verge watch with concealed erotic scene and one silver, pink gold, enamel and pearl-set hunter case minute repeating chronograph keyless lever watch, made for the Chinese market
    Signed Marchand Fils, Paris, no. 611, circa 1790, Jqs Bouvier, no. 7641, circa 1820, and Volta, case no. 26'123, movement no. 15'833, circa 1905
    Marchand Fils: gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, pierced and engraved balance cock, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, circular case, paste-set and multicolour champlevé enamel floral decorated bezel, similarly decorated back centred by a painted enamel classical scene translucent pink enamel background, movement signed and numbered, bow stamped with casemaker's mark; Bouvier: movement and dial same as the first, circular case, foliage engraved silver bezel and back rim, engine-turned gold undulating band, the reverse centred by a painted polychrome portrait of a young maiden holding a bouquet of flowers, her concealed undressed lower body revealed by sliding a silver frame, dial and movement signed; Volta: gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, repeating on two hammers onto a gong, glazed dust cover, gilded silver cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, translucent red enamel on engine-turned background and pearl-set covers, polychrome enamel portrait of a lady to the front, a bouquet of purple and yellow iris to the back, pink gold repeating and chronograph buttons in the band, pink gold crown, case and dial signed with Volta's Chinese signature, cuvette signed and numbered, movement numbered
    44 mm., 56 mm. & 55 mm. diams. (3)


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    Provenance

    For a note on the late Albin Schaeder see lot 350 in this auction.


    Pre-Lot Text

    From the Collection of the late Albin Schaeder